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teach1st

(5,947 posts)
Thu Jul 16, 2020, 04:42 PM Jul 2020

Put me down as another teacher retiring because of COVID-19 [View all]

Put me down as another teacher retiring because of COVID-19. The upcoming school year was going to be my last, and I was honored to be able to go with last year's class to their next grade this coming year. I would have been with them for two years. By any objective measure, it is a tough class: Autistic, ODD, four diagnosed ADDH. But I love them, and I really looked forward to being with them again. We made great gains last year, both academically and socially, and as any teacher knows, the tough classes can be the most rewarding.

But I teach in Florida, a state controlled by Republicans who see putting kids in school as an economic and campaign issue, not as an ill-advised safety issue. At my age, I'm in an at-risk group. I don't see a safe way for me to be in a classroom with students, and I had no guarantees that I could teach virtual. I applied for retirement last week. It was hard for me to say goodbye to the kids and parents, especially via posts and a video on our Class Dojo, not in person. It was hard to say goodby to my career when I wasn't ready.

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I was employed for 7 days as a counselor. Phoenix61 Jul 2020 #1
Many of the teachers I know teach1st Jul 2020 #4
You're doing the right thing. Better than saying goodbye to family "when I wasn't ready". BamaRefugee Jul 2020 #2
You're right teach1st Jul 2020 #5
My wife won't go back...41 years as a teacher, and after March 13, 2020 she is done... Sancho Jul 2020 #3
On a different note, I just saw your sig pic. Sooooo glad I had put down my drink! niyad Jul 2020 #15
You are doing the right thing bobnicewander Jul 2020 #6
Thank you... ucralum Jul 2020 #13
thank you for your service Brainstormy Jul 2020 #7
This makes me so sad. Totally understand. AllyCat Jul 2020 #8
Good for you. tazkcmo Jul 2020 #9
You made the right decision. Until there is detailed plan for how safety of kids, teachers, iluvtennis Jul 2020 #10
We had to let several employees go due to Covid 19 ffr Jul 2020 #11
Please write a letter to your city newspaper grantcart Jul 2020 #12
Smart move...you won't be sorry either. BigmanPigman Jul 2020 #14
This breaks my heart, for you and for all those kids. Dem2theMax Jul 2020 #16
Give yourself the credit you deserve for protecting yourself! pazzyanne Jul 2020 #17
A shame but I think you're being smart, you must think of yourself and yours, top priority. ... SWBTATTReg Jul 2020 #18
I applaud your action. warmfeet Jul 2020 #19
Teaching is one of the most difficult jobs, and one of the most under appreciated. patphil Jul 2020 #20
You could be saving kids lives too Sucha NastyWoman Jul 2020 #21
I substitute teacher and now I have to look for another part time job kimbutgar Jul 2020 #22
I retired too extvbroadcaster Jul 2020 #23
As a retired classroom instructor with 31 years of experience let me say... BlueIdaho Jul 2020 #24
Good decision PJMcK Jul 2020 #25
if teachers refuse to go back in unsafe conditions, the schools likely can't open CreekDog Jul 2020 #26
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